Wearables are already having lots of positive impacts on our lives, from helping us lose weight, to keeping a better eye on our children, but could they also make us better creatures? Not in a moral sense, I mean in a physical one. What if wearables could give us real supowerpowers?
That’s what the guys over at FastCodeDesign have been talking about lately, highlighting some of the most exciting wearables of the future that could boost our abilities to do everyday things. For example, Kineseowear, an active version of kineseotaping that effectively works like an artificial muscle, aiding you in certain movements. It can also have more mundane functions, like tapping you on the shoulder to signal an upcoming turn while you’re driving, or tightening around your waist before a big meal to help stop you overeating.
From functional strength boosting, to artistry, the Ouyjiaband is designed to help give you the skills of an accomplished artist, or at least an accurate one. Using a gyroscope and counterweight, the Ouijaband should allow you to do things like draw a perfect circle on your first try, augmenting your current motor skills to make them much more accomplished and accurate. This could also be applied to jobs that require steady hands, preventing shaking during stressful situations or when fatigue sets in. This would be a great stopgap technology for surgeons or other medical practitioners, before we replace all of that sort of activity with robotics.
There’s also new anonymising tech appearing, like Snapchat IRL, which detects when a camera is focusing on you or nearby – as infrared light is used for that feature – and in response, it fires out a bright infrared flash of its own, so when the camera actually snaps the picture, you won’t be in it. The Snapchat IRL is designed to be worn around the neck or on your chest in a visible position, so it can keep your identity hidden from even the most determined picture taker. IT would be interesting to see what sort of impact this technology would have on paparazzi.
Super hearing could also be possible, or at least the ability to single out what you want to listen to. A new product design called Lalala, essentially allows you to decide what you want to listen to. Everything else is then muted down thanks to the noise cancelling headphones.
What do you guys think of these ideas? Do they have you champing at the bit for the next generation of wearables to become mainstream?